“She became real fidgety, so he put her down and went on to the next,” a dad explained.
These six parents said Hopkins sexually abused one girl after another.
“We’ve been living with this for six months,” a father said.
When asked how the school responded he answered, “Crickets. No response, or very little. We’re met with resistance at every turn.”
And with a new school year starting, one mother said her daughter didn't want to go back.
“She’s just not the same little girl that she was before,” she said.
“She has accidents at school,” said another mom. “She just, you know, acts different with my husband.”
“We were dreading the day we had to send our kids back to school,” a dad explained.
The parents told the I-Team that since learning of the alleged abuse back in March that they have not felt supported by the school district leaders they trusted.
Molly Koweek went to the district to share the parents’ complaint.
Scott Marshall, Springboro schools communications coordinator, said the district has been “absolutely transparent” in the case.
He said letters sent by the district to parents show that it’s been as supportive as it can while respecting the ongoing court case.
“As a school district you spend a lot of time and resources trying to prevent a threat from the outside coming in, and in this particular instance there was a threat inside the building,” Marshall said.
In part, the policy says the superintendent should recommend the best-qualified person “regardless of the relationship to present employees or members of the board.”
Hopkins’ mother is a teacher in the district and his grandfather a former principal.
“Just because they have family in the district doesn't mean he's going to get the job,” said Marshall. “He had to interview just like anybody else, in front of the exact same people and if they made a decision on that based on his interview and based on their scoring system, and he got the job as a result of that.”
Even though Hopkins is now on house arrest while awaiting trial, these parents don’t feel safe.
“I can’t point to anything the district has done to reassure us that the situation that allowed this horrible criminal activity to be conducted has changed or [been] addressed in any significant fashion,” one father said.
“It just hurts and it's just like on a deep emotional level emotionally and personally to not have that support, when you are trusting your children daily in their hands,” added a mother.
Moving forward, one dad said he hopes the district communicates better and is more transparent.
“Actually show that they care,” he said. “You know, whether they agree or disagree with what occurred, we’re all in pain. We’re all hurting. And you know, to simply care for someone, [that] can be extended, but we’ve not seen any of that.”
“We’ve been carrying this burden for six months, since the first day the detectives called and said, ‘Come watch your daughter,’” another dad said.
Those six parents represent five girls.
Prosecutors said Hopkins had physical contact with 88 girls, but only 28 are connected to the case’s 36-count indictment.